Around noon on Monday a large fire broke out on the top floor of a building located on the Grand-Place de Nivelles. The apartment was unoccupied, since the owner died last February. The ground floor is occupied by a restaurant.
When firefighters arrived, the roof of the building was heavily engulfed in flames. About thirty firefighters from the Braine-l’Alleud, Nivelles and Tubize stations were mobilized.
The two adjacent buildings were also damaged during the fire, the origin of which is yet to be determined. In one of them, two apartments were hit.
The municipal emergency plan was activated at 12:38 p.m., before being lifted shortly after 2:00 p.m.
Several sections of the city center streets were closed to traffic, in particular between the two roundabouts at the end of rue de Saintes and at the end of rue de Mons, at the end of rue Seutin, at the end of rue de Soignies and rue de Mons, as well as in the Saint-Jacques district and on rue de Saintes from the Place du Souvenir. The numerous TEC bus lines that pass through the Grand-Place de Nivelles have also been diverted.
“The children from the free school located a few hundred meters from the site of the fire were able to leave the establishment and were accompanied, for those who use public transportation, by TEC agents to the temporary stops.“Mayor Pierre Huart told the Belga agency.
Those affected by the fire were invited to contact their insurance company for initial interventions.
As for the Walloon Brabant Public Prosecutor’s Office, no particular measure has been decided in relation to the incident. No victims were reported.